Can Shanghai become a global financial center?

Shanghai's current stock market turmoil has left the many observers wondering about short-term implications for the global economy. Looking beyond immediate worries, two issues are worth noting. First of all, the current ...


BRICS: Time to create an OECD-type structure?

Will the BRICS institutionalize, and will BRICS-related initiatives proliferate? Most observers focus on highly symbolic security issues, like the crisis in Ukraine or UN Security Council Reform. Yet potential for enhancing ...

Book review: “Cosmopolitan Power in International Relations” by Giulio M. Gallarotti

Cosmopolitan Power in International Relations: A Synthesis of Realism, Neoliberalism and Constructivism. By Giulio M. Gallarotti. Cambridge University Press, 2011.R$ 96,63 (, kindle)
Cosmopolitan power, ...


Book review: “21st Century Democracy Promotion in the Americas” By J. Heine and B. Weiffen

Book review: 21st Century Democracy Promotion in the Americas: Standing up for the polity. By Jorge Heine and Brigitte Weiffen. Routledge Global Institutions, 2014. 186 pages. R$ 50,73 (kindle,
Almost ...


Why Washington struggles to understand the BRICS

Russia's Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, left, India's Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman, second left, Brazil's former Finance Minister Guido Mantega, center, China's Finance Minister ...


Book review: “World Order” by Henry Kissinger

Book review: World Order, by Henry Kissinger. 2014, Penguin Press. 433 pages, R$46,73 (Kindle,
Henry Kissinger's book Diplomacy, published in 1994, has perhaps been the most widely read international ...


Book review: “Gridlock: Why Global Cooperation is Failing When We Need It Most” by Thomas Hale, David Held and Kevin Young

Book review: "Gridlock: Why Global Cooperation is Failing When We Need It Most" by Thomas Hale, David Held and Kevin Young. Polity, 2013. 311 pages. R$ 84,02 (Kindle,
Academics and policy makers have, ...


As Brazil’s Senate approves creation of BRICS Bank, grouping enhances parliamentary cooperation

From left to right:Renan Calheiros (President of Brazil's Senate), Eduardo Cunha (President of Brazil's Congress), Sergey Naryshkin (Chairman of the State Duma), Valentina Matviyenko (Chairperson of Russia's Upper House, ...


Towards a leaderless and chaotic world?

BBC's Badawi quizzes Norways FM, Joe Nye and former Putin advisor Karaganov listen
Last week, around two hundred current and former policy makers, academics, journalists, businesspeople and NGO representatives gathered at ...


Effective and Responsible Protection from Atrocity Crimes: Toward Global Action

by Thorsten Benner, Sarah Brockmeier, Erna Burai, C.S.R. Murthy, Christopher Daase, J. Madhan Mohan, Julian Junk, Xymena Kurowska, Gerrit Kurtz, Liu Tiewa, Wolfgang Reinicke, Philipp Rotmann, Ricardo Soares de Oliveira, ...